Campus Security Authorities
The University of Cincinnati encourages everyone to immediately report crimes or suspicious activity to the UC Police Division to help maintain the safest possible environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
The Clery Act requires the University to compile and publish crime statistics in the Annual Security Report. As part of this obligation, members of the University's community who are considered to be Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) are required to report crime for inclusion as statistics in the University's Annual Security Report.
Who is a CSA?
"CSA" is a Clery specific term that encompasses certain departments, groups and individual UC employees who have a duty to report crimes they become aware of, as defined by the Clery Act.
The law defines a CSA as "an official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings."
Examples of CSAs include, but are not limited to:
- Members of police and security departments
- Deans and directors
- Title IX coordinators
- Office of Student Conduct staff
- Athletic team coaches
- University housing staff
- Faculty and staff advisors to student organizations
- Study abroad faculty and staff
- Greek life advisors
CSAs may also be identified by job function; that is any employee who, by virtue of their job function, has significant responsibility for assisting students or campus activities. Examples would be student advisors or formal or informal student mentors.
If you believe that you may qualify as a CSA and have not received training, please contact the Clery Compliance Coordinator at 513-556-4996 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Role of a CSA
CSAs should NOT investigate crimes or attempt to determine whether a crime occurred. Rather, a CSA's obligation is to simply report the information as soon as possible.
If you are unsure a crime is reportable, please err on the side of caution and notify UCPD immediately.
A crime is considered "reportable" when it is brought to your attention. Third party reports of crimes are Clery-reportable.
For more information on CSAs, see the Department of Education Clery Handbook, Chapter 4.